New Petition Campaign in Support of Women of the Wall
The following petition has been put together by great supporters and friends of Women of the Wall:
Your mother, partner, wife, sister, daughter or granddaughter will be harassed, detained or arrested for praying aloud at Jerusalem’s holiest site, HaKotel HaMa’aravi, the Western Wall.
Don’t stand by as Jewish women are having their religious and civil rights limited. Stand up to this oppression of Jewish women. Demand equal religious rights for all Jews.
The Declaration of Independence establishing the State of Israel asserts that the State of Israel “will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex; will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture.”
AT THE KOTEL PLAZA: Women are not permitted to pray aloud, to wear a tallit, to read from the Torah or to even carry the Torah. Only men are allowed to do so.
Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of Women of the Wall, was arrested and subjected to an invasive search in October 2012
, simply for saying the Shema aloud at the Kotel.
The petition will be sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chairman of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky, who has been entrusted by the Prime Minister to recommend a way to realize the promise of women’s rights to pray freely and equally at the Kotel.
WOMEN, NOT ONLY MEN, MUST BE ALLOWED TO WORSHIP FREELY AT JUDAISM’S MOST HOLY SITE.
Your voice matters!
INSTRUCTIONS: To e-sign the Petition, click on either link and follow the directions. After you e-sign the Petition, an email will be sent to your inbox for your authentication. Upon receiving that email, you must click once more to complete the process of validating your signature. You will receive a copy of your signed Petition.
Please forward this email to friends, family, coworkers to sign the Petition.
This petition has been initiated by Bridges to Israel and Congregation Kol Shofar of Tiburon, California. All information that you provide will be used only to further the purposes of the Petition.
Thank you for lending your voice!
Rabbi Susan Leider
Abby Caplin, MD
Amnon Goodman, MD